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Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing

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139 Reviews

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Reviews: 139
Hads: 1,044
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 15
Gots: 145 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerWizard on 07-30-2013

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Photo of hophugger
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Pours a beautiful deep golden-brown-orange color. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Decent head and lacing. Too much spice and it took away from the pumpkin flavor which was hard to distinguish. Ok, but not one of their best ! (222 characters)

Photo of bushdere
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

A ton of cinnamon and nutmeg. No pumpkin.
I can only drink half of a glass before I am dreading my next sip. Good thing this is only a seasonal. Rare miss for New Belgium.
Pours like a brown ale. Nice deep color.
Nose is very Spivey with strong cinnamon. Gave me hope for good things to come.
The mouth is somewhat thick. Not terrible by itself.
Taste: see above
Serving type: bottle (385 characters)

Photo of bwood06
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

A - Blood orange amber in color. More orange than amber. Clear. Has a bit of a jack-o-lantern glow to it. 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly to a thin lacing. 3.75/5

S - Heavy on pumpkin (raw) and cinnamon. Ever so slight hint of clove. Grassy and earthy. 3.75/5

T - Heavily cinnamon in the beginning. As the beer sits it develops more of a raw pumpkin flavor. Pumpkin squash throughout the profile. Slight tartness. Hefty bitterness from the pumpkin but the cinnamon distracts the palate away from this. Hint of grassy hops. 3.75/5

M - Very light and crisp. Refreshing. Finishes dry. Lingering flavor of pumpkin squash/bitterness. 3.75/5

O - Best pumpkin beer that I have had to date. At the start it reflects more of a pumpkin pie than pumpkin squash but this flip flops as the glass is drained. 3.75/5 (838 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Appears orange tinted amber in the glass, with a nice beige head forming thick…it looks great even spread lacing brilliant construction to the beer so far.

Aroma I get pumpkin flesh and subtle pumpkin pie spices the label lists them as cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. It mentions in addition to the pumpkin juice and spices that they add lemongrass and cranberry juice. Honestly I couldn’t have picked that up blindly based on the aroma so far. When I focus on cranberry I get a tart earthiness that’s about it no lemongrass notes for me.

Flavor is especially refreshing and well balanced compared to most modern day pumpkin ales on the market this gets high marks for the pure ease of each sip along with a solid balanced spice level and actual pumpkin flavor. Again the cranberry/lemongrass kick this beer has would be hard to pick out blindly but the faint tartness somewhat exotic flavor combinations are there after reading the description on the label.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied for the style, what’s beautiful is the semi dry relatively clean finish which lacks the perfume like spice additions that usually kill the finish for me in this style. Even flowing carbonation carries everything just right, I’m happy.

Overall, interesting little twist with masterfully brewed balance in this beer make it a winner in my book, New Belgium seasonals thus far have been a hit for me. I’m glad their token pumpkin ale could do my palate justice just like their hoppy Tour de Fest seasonal did with a nice change of pace from this malt monster fall seasonal slam that most breweries send out in force. (1,632 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%

A: 3.75 - Clear dark copper color with a moderate (centimeter) head.
S: 4.0 - Lots of cinnamon, a little allspice.
T: 4.25 - tasty! This is on the well-spiced range of pumpkin beers, with a lot of cinnamon, some faint nutmeg. It also has has a pleasant light tartness, which according to the label comes from cranberries. The taste isn't identifiably cranberry--in fact, I thought it was cherry at first--but it does give a subtle fruitiness. Well-attenuated with that finish that's not quite dry, but not sweet either.
M: 4.0 - Soft bodied,
O: 4.5 - NB continues to get further and further from their Belgium heritage, but this is easily my favorite new beer from them in the last few years. It's a well-done pumpkin beer that stands out from the crowd, and is highly drinkable. Too bad they jump from new beer to new beer, and this will probably never be made again. Get it while you can!

Weighting (percentages): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 4.13 (947 characters)

Photo of gilstrac
2/5  rDev -42.2%

I bit to much of a pumpkin taste for me. I prefer something more subtle pumpkin taste. I like pumpkin ales with some other spice taste to compliment the pumpkin. (163 characters)

Photo of weaf
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Gold like a real pumpkin with excellent flavor. Very nice and one of the better pumpkins this season. Wasn't a big New Belgium fan beyond Fat Tire when they came to North Florida but the newer brews are really some of the best I've had from any brewer in a long while. (268 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours clear and golden color with a creamy and foamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lace behind

S- Cinnamon and nutmeg, raw pumpkin, wheat, lemongrass, earthy hay

T- cinnamon and pumpkin spice mixes with wheat and earthy notes, the cranberry flavor is barely detectable, but it does add a tartness to it, dry finish with the cranberry flavor becoming noticeable

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a super creamy mouthfeel, ending with a smooth finish

O- the cranberry adds a different kick to the style, I didn't think that I would like this one but it's actually pretty good (626 characters)

Photo of ranger7
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. 10/31/2013.
Poured from bottle into Sam Adams laser-etched glass.

A: Clear orange with small white head.

S: Fruity; sweet and tangy. Cranberry?

T: Surprising. Pumpkin with a kick of cranberry, as advertised. Pretty good and refreshing.

M: Some carbonation, fairly smooth. Medium body.

Overall: Good. Delivers as advertised. I didn't know if I'd like the cranberry infusion, but I did. A good offering from New Belgium. (444 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
2.92/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a translucent amber color with a modest off-white head that soon dissipates. Ample quantities of visible particulate traverse the glass. Aroma is mild but pleasant, consisting of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin--a reasonable approximation of pumpkin pie.

Flavor resembles the nose at first blush, with the aforementioned spices and pumpkin, but the taste buds are soon walloped by a bold kick of a substance of indeterminate origin. Something foul precipitates aggressively on the tongue toward the middle, like a chemical reaction gone awry. The label would suggest cranberry juice, lemongrass, or some combination thereof, but cranberry juice proper is undetectable as far as I can tell. Lemongrass is more believable, as there is a slightly citric twang to the flavor in question. Body is on the lighter side, but appropriate for the style. Carbonation is moderate and quite suitable.

Overall, the avant-garde "kick" in Pumpkick doesn't do the beer any favors. It could have been passable as a more traditional pumpkin ale, but something funky throws it off kilter. Beer brewed with pumpkin juice and cranberry juice didn't sound good on paper, and it tastes just as good at it sounded. Still trying to figure out why New Belgium has such a considerable following... (1,285 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"What's that bite of tartness doing in a pumpkin beer? Adding the unexpected kick of cranberry juice to brighten this traditionally spiced seasonal ale. Pumpkick is brewed with plenty of pumpkin juice cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, but it's the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that send your tastebuds sailing." Brewed in the style of a Pumpkin Ale with cranberries and spices added. New Belgium's latest fall seasonal, released in 2013, based off of the Lips of Faith "Kick" release from 2 years prior.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a caramel cream head of a medium-thick foamy consistency over a fairly hazy deep orange amber body. Heavy flecked sediment lie in suspension, and carbonation is modest and relaxed. Retention is very good and lacing is light and streaked. 4

(Smell) Undersweet pumpkin, somewhat raw with a very potent cranberry juice tartness, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice contribute a bit to the aroma to bring the focus back towards the pumpkin, although the end result is at the very best 50/50 with the cranberry generating a lot of aroma and tartness to question the beer's style. Perhaps a decent seasonal between the pumpkin beers of October and Thanksgiving dinner, it seemingly dedicates itself to neither season. Potency is medium+. 3.25

(Taste) Up front is raw pumpkin, mildly sweet with a mild clean caramel malt to pair, finishing with a strong tart spiced finish, carrying less cranberry flavor than the aroma predicted and more tartness and acidity. Spices are muted and mellow, some trace cinnamon, allspice and mace, although they are most notable on the dry, acidic finish where they don't blend into the malt profile as neatly. The tartness has a creative impact on this pumpkin beer, questionably so for those who usually crave sweet and viscous Pumpkin Ales, but for the adventurous this may be a favorable twist, especially for those who like a lighter bodied Pumpkin beer. Finishes tart, mildly acidic and quite dry. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is light, slick, mildly oily and tart. Carbonation adds some light froth but leaves the texture alone otherwise. Body is light/medium for a Pumpkin Ale and medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is light/medium. Balance is slightly tart over sweet, from the prevalence of cranberry in the recipe against the less sweet and weaker malt profile. Finishes dry and acidic. 4

(Overall) I find Pumpkick to be a divisive twist on a beer brewed in a style that is usually difficult to master anyways, and I commend New Belgium for exploring their creativity in what I could only refer to as an in-between-seasons seasonal. Expect a lighter-than-average malt and pumpkin profile with a thinner body in trade of a welcome inclusion of cranberry flavor and tartness- the latter comes through in the flavor. It may not be enough to crown Pumpkick champion of Pumpkin Ales, but it does win points for creativity, and any beer connoisseur who seeks creative twists on old classics should look no further. 3.5

New Belgium Brewing's
3.53/5.00 (3,091 characters)

Photo of BastardKing24
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never tried this so i gave it a go. 12oz poured into a snifter

Pours a hazy gold with lots of floating sediment. Hardly any head, just a few bubbles left over

Smell is faint but its mostly malt and maybe some pumpkin. no hops. Nothing offputting though.

Taste is ok, just kind of muted pumpkin and malt, can't taste cranberry. Kind of bland and average.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and crisp. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Overall I wouldnt buy this again but it tasted clean. Maybe its old, dunno (503 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy, dirty gold with a one finger white head that fades quickly to just some spotty fizz on the surface of the beer.

Aroma is on the weak side but consists of some yeasty cinnamon and clove with some light fruity notes thrown in.

More light spice on the taste with ginger showing up. The fruityness is still there which I feel is caused by the yeast rather than hops. It definitely has that New Belgium character to it which is not bad, but not that great either.

Overall, just a very average, run of the mill pumpkin ale. Quite sessionable but all around unremarkable. (613 characters)

Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma: Malty sweetness blended with nutmeg and allspice. There is a tart zing in the aroma like lemon and grape tannin. A bit of fruitiness, perhaps from hops. As this warms I get more cinnamon.

Appearance: Deep gold to nearly orange in color. A very mild haze is present. Large white head that sticks around.

Flavor: Maltiness up front, but not really sweet. There is a tart finish from cranberry and lemon that dry the end of this up. A mellow nutmeg and cinnamon are left at the end. Excellent balance between the sweet malt and the spices. Not much true pumpkin picked up.

Overall: This was a nice way to end my experiment in pumpkin beers. This one has some unusual flavors, but everything is so well balanced that it rises to the top of my list.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.42/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

1 finger head lasts 1 minute. Smells tinny at first and then after a few wiffs I can smell the cranberry. Lots of tiny small cranberry bits at the bottom. Cloudy appearance. Fruity aroma but without the fruity taste. Nice reddish orange color. Fresh taste that is a bit thin and dry. Slightly acidic with a fair amount if carbonation. I can't taste any pumpkin nor anything else for that matter. Refreshing but not much going on. Still don't know why they call this pumpkick as there is absolutely no pumpkin whatsoever. Should have called it cranberry kick. It's a so so beer that to me is better enjoyed in the summer. If you are a pumpkin fan this will be a big disappointment. But not too bad as a dessert beer paired with fruit. (733 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color lacks a heartiness that should accompany a pumpkin ale but it does hold a slight red cranberry hue. The head was tightly knit with an off white color and a great deal of carbonation.

The scent is so weak but once you really concentrate it holds a pumpkin spice, malt gourd and slight greatness.

The flavors at nice, not particularly pronounced, but appealing. The malt is biscuity, ala Fat Tire, with a cranberry sweetness and an acidic tartness. The pumpkin qualities are not spicy but more gourdish.

The feel is bubbly but not harsh and it ends very clean. (571 characters)

Photo of colts9016
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint at 40.

Appearance: A one finger head that has fair retention. The color of the head is white, and creamy. The color of the beer is medium amber color with copper hues. The clarity of the beer is slightly opaque. The beer has a good amount of carbonation bubbles.

Nose: Toasted caramel malts, biscuit, pumpkins, lemons, floral hops, and yeast.

Taste: A toasted malt with caramel, biscuits, yeast, lemons, floral hops and yeast cranberry.

The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, astringent, and dry.

Overall: The beer has an okay pumpkin flavor and cranberry . A descent tasting beer the cranberry offers a dry tannin to the finish. (668 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by 2013-12-05
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Pumpkick was New Belgium's "fall" offering for 2013 (though this arrived in early August) and comes across as a malt-meets-dried-leaves-and-slight-tartness beer. The spices used are rather indistinct, aside from the aftertaste, and one could hardly guess this was an autumnal ale. Fairly strange and not particularly tasteful, this was complex, but in a negative, "what the heck is in this?" sort of way. I would not seek this out again.

Pours a 1.5cm head of light beige-colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a fairly frothy appearance. Retention is average, the head declining in about one minute to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a modest island of foam lingering atop the body. Lacing is quite good, with a complex, dense mix of small dots and larger blotches clinging to the walls of the glass. Body is a medium-dark golden orange color with a slight reddish hue, light bringing out brighter golden-orange hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, quite numerous and active.
Aroma of dried leaves and medicinal herbs, with toasted bread undertones and hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The cranberry is nowhere noticed, and the aroma itself is fairly muted.
Flavor is heavily malty and dried-leaf-like, with mild tartness (supposedly from cranberry) and very subdued spices. Front of palate is of dried leaves and dark brown bread, with slight hints of cinnamon. Mid-palate of dried leaves, toasted bread, very mild light caramel, and light tartness. Back of palate experiences sharper spices and phenols, with a modest hint of dark brown bread and dried leaves. Aftertaste of spicy phenols, cinnamon, and nutmeg, with a modest graininess in the background.
Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-high intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is at first fizzy, calming to a gentle foaminess on the palate. A bit less carbonation would have suited this beer better. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate and lips. (2,102 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice, rusty orange color with a surprisingly thick head that hangs around for some time. Respectable lacing and possibly the most amount of carbonation I've seen to date in a beer. Light sediment.

Allspice on a light caramel malt. Faint hints of pumpkin flesh and cranberries are present.

Quite dull, considering the potential. Spice up front and cranberry tart on the finish.

Body is thin and uninspiring. Although the appearance of carbonation is admirable, there isn't much present.

The potential is there and I wanted to like it, but I wish everything was more potent and more expressive. Worth a try, but there are much better pumpkin beers available - hopefully the tweak this one for next year. (761 characters)

Photo of hardy008
1.75/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Orange with a one finger off white head with decent retention and lacing. the aroma has cranberry juice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and something I couldn't pick out until I looked at the bottle - lemongrass. I had no idea all this was in the beer when I picked up the single bottle, or I would have left it on the shelf.

I can taste the cranberry juice, lemon grass, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and pumpkin, as mentioned on the bottle. Wow, this is really bad. The only thing going for this beer is the fact that it is also somewhat bland. Not a good combination of flavors. A regular pumpkin beer with no cranberry juice or lemongrass would have been a lot better.

Light bodied and over carbonated. Not worth seeking out. (722 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 12-JAN-14 poured into my Sierra Nevada balloon glass
*Notes from 11/08/13

A: Dark orangish amber body with some pretty fine clarity considering the adjunct ingredients. Poorly sustaining brim of off-white froth with only some meager streaks and dots of stick.

S: Smells of pumpkin bread with holiday spices and a tart cranberry note that carries on into some light yeasty character. Nice aroma with the pumpkin and cranberry evident.

T: Tart cranberry juice and bready malts lead over Pumpkin fruit mixed with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Nice tart punch from the cranberry with some earthy minerals on the finish. There is a low perceived bitterness to the beer and the alcohol is completely disguised. Not bad. Spices are kind of washed out by the cranberry. Does have some nice refreshing pumpkin flavor to it.

M: Lighter body with a bit of a thin watery texture. There is some definite drying and light spritzy carbonation to counter however. Creamy overall with a finish that falls a touch watery with a light tart pucker that hits the palate.

D: Nice little holiday offering. Not something that I would drink on the reg but I do like that the key ingredients are noticeable without being overly so. All in all the pumpkin cranberry thing works. (1,285 characters)

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.79/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

despite critics i actallly looved this beer. Great pumpkin taste and it just hit the spot for me not the best pumpkin beer on the market but a great beer to have during a nice fall day and i think that accounts for something. so really dont knock this beer to you have tried it you could do a lot worse (302 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Belgium Brewing 'Pumpkick' @ 6.0% , first tasted on tap @ GCBF '13 , this review from a couple of 355 ml bottle's purchased for $2.75 each

A-pour is a pale yellow gold from the bottle to clear light amber/orange in the glass with a small off white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-sweet smelling Pumpkin Ale ,

T-the addition of cranberries adds a certain tartness to this brew

MF-mild carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok/good beer , one of the tartest Pumpkin Ales you can find to enjoy this season

prost LampertLand (535 characters)

Photo of emyers
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange color with a two-finger off-white head.

Smell: Tart cranberry hits first followed by pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg, along with some lightly toasted malt. This is followed by another round of cranberry. There is an intricate balance between the pumpkin and cranberry here. Very well done.

Taste: My first impression is that it seems muted compared to the smell. The pumpkin and cranberry are still there, but seem pretty mild. Very little tartness, which is a bit disappointing as this was one of my favorite parts of last year's version of this beer. Some caramel malt on the finish. No alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and watery, which does not help the mild flavor profile. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I had this beer last year when it was just called Kick and a part of the Lips of Faith series, and it was fantastic. Sadly, in turning it into a seasonal 6-pack I feel they seriously toned it down in order to give it more mainstream appeal. I will not be buying this again in future years. (1,097 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I poured this beer and it has a light color body with not much head to it. The aroma has a slight spice to it. The taste has slight pumpkin flavor and some spice. I also get a very light tart hint of the cranberry. Mouthfeel is weak and overall this beer is ok. (261 characters)

Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.